I'm officially not a fan of mother-daughter outfits, but I make them all the time anyway - my excuse is to get good use of all the fabric - but secretly, I think it's cute too. Surely I'll never admit this to your face.
This is a frankenpattern - a pattern made from hacking several patterns together and then add a little selfdrafted feature as well. And the fabric - oh the fabric - this is a Robert Kaufman chambray with tiny dots. This is the best chambray (and the most pricy) I've come across. It's lightweigt, so soft and has a very tight weave. Pure luxury and still quite practical with small sticky fingers nearby.
I bought the Mortmain Dress by Gather and was hoping for a go to classic dress and it sure is - it just doesn't fit me. I made a muslin of the bodice and sleeves and couldn't fit my arms into the sleeves - wtf? The back of the dress featured a fabric hunch back and this was just not any good.
What to do? I used the sleeves from Pattern Runways Coffee date dress and redrafted the armscye. I pinched all the weird extra fabric out of the bodice. Then I looked at the skirt part and decided I actually liked the skirt from the Coffee date dress better... To recap - the only thing I acutally used form the Mortmain Dress was a heavily modified bodice!
To add a Little personal touch, I drafted a tiny peter pan collar. I used a neat tutorial I found online but now I can't find it again. Essentially you use the bodice neckline but you make it 2 cm smaller on the outer shoulderline. This makes the collar stay nice and flat. I think it worked quite well.
My daughter was in a very good mood when we took these Photos - she couldn't stop trying to make us laugh. She is wearing a really cute skirt made from the remnants from my dress. The pattern is the Ayshe Skirt from Figgy's. The skirt was a real pleasure to make. It has small beltloops, buttondown front, pockets and a real practical hidden elastic in the back waistband.
The photoshoot has to end now - she is cracking me up!
I guess it's easier to see the details of the dress here:
I used a scrap of Liberty on the inside waistband - just to make it extra pretty.
Dresspattern: The Mortmain Dress mixed with the Coffee Date Dress by Pattern Rundway and a selfdrafted peter pan collar
Skirtpattern: Ayshe Skirt from Figgy's
Fabric: Robert Kaufmann from M is for Make
How do you feel about mother-daughter outfits? Do you wear it at the same time - cause I know you make them;)